Card of the Moment #67
April 22nd, 2011 by slangon

This is the second of the 2 1961 Topps cards that Mark from Marks Ephemera sent me a while back. It’s also the second Earl he sent.

1961 Topps #152 Earl Torgeson

Clifford Earl Torgeson spent 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, starting his career in 1947 for the Boston Braves. He finished it out in 1961, the year this card came out, for the Bronx Bombers. In between, he had stops in Philadelphia (N.L.), Detroit and Chicago (A.L.). He was a lifetime .265 hitter, drove in 740 runs and hit 149 balls over the wall.

Earl was born in Snohomish, Washington and was known as “The Earl of Snohomish”. Oddly enough, he was not the first man to be known as “The Earl of Snohomish”. That honor goes to Hall of Famer Earl Averill, who also happened to be from Snohomish and who also happened to be a Major League ball player and who also happened to be named Earl. I guess they’re not much for thinking of new nicknames in Snohomish.

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